Who is the person you’ve been all your life? That person, with all of your history, is showing up at work. It’s a destructive myth that you can or should check the messy part of yourself at the professional door. Only after you sort through the material of your personal life can you become a better leader.

Resilience Leadership is a positive psychology approach to human development with a focus on the whole-self and reaches across disciplines to ennoble self-actualization through work.


Meet Leslie…

I am a resilience coach who founded Bend Don’t Break because high-achieving leaders struggle with unique challenges positioned at an intersection where their strengths and fears coalesce. These hidden fears deplete ones’ resilience and generate a high cognitive load. I’m known for quickly zeroing in on the true source of a leader’s pain-point then teaching them how to generate solutions that provide relief and clarity to make big strides forward.

My leadership education is built on deep academic training including a Masters in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in education. Prior to joining the leadership and personal development field, I had hands-on business experience running marketing for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers. 

This variety of experience has given me a gift for dropping into a leadership situation and quickly grasping what’s happening. I can see the secret scaffolding that underpins the framework driving an individual’s motivations.

Sometimes leaders need pragmatic coaching. Sometimes they need to play out an idea and get honest, thoughtful feedback from someone who understands the psychology of human nature. This is why my clients see me as a mentor rather than a coach. They count on me to hear the need-behind-their-need, unwrap their hidden motivations driving the action/reaction, explore new perspectives and uncover new possibilities. I am always transparent, clear and collaborative.

Because I believe that what a leader needs resides within, and that my role is helping them unlock their own potential, a big part of what I do is connecting my clients with expert specialists and resources that I’ve come to know and trust. I’m extraordinarily grateful to work with leaders I adore and collaborate with experts I respect.


What Resilience Leadership Does

My mindset-based training & coaching teaches leaders how to shift the way they approach people, management and challenges — from focusing on the ‘problem’ to the person having the problem and the adaptive mindset that motivates it. This shift begins with the leader from the inside out – educating, uncovering, empowering and supporting the transition from an adaptive mindset to a clear mindset.

Leadership Clients

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with life-hungry change-agents at:

  • Google

  • LinkedIn

  • Lyft

  • Linux Foundation

  • Adobe

  • Salesforce

  • Wells Fargo

  • San Francisco Unified School District


To learn more about my resilience approach to leadership development, drop me a line…

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